I was playing basketball for the University of Massachusetts in 1965, and we were playing UConn in Storrs, Connecticut. I had the unenviable task of guarding their great pure shooter, Wes Bialsuknia, who was from Poughkeepsie, New York and referred to as the “Poughkeepsie Popper.” Bialsuknia lit it up in my face, scoring 19 points in the first half. We went into the locker room, and our head coach, Johnny Orr, came right over to me. I was expecting some tirade, but instead, he looked at me and in his mid-western drawl blurted, “Hells bells Meola that Bialsuknia is tougher than whale manure.” Whatever that meant. Coach Orr later went on to coach the University of Michigan, and one year led the Wolverines to the final four. Then it was on to Iowa State. At Iowa State, the Cyclone fans welcomed him with “Heeere’s Johnny, everytime he made his way to the bench before the opening tip.